Basic Information
Abstract Number: 430-7    
Author Name: William J Lough Affiliation: University of Sunderland
Session Title: Pharmaceutical-GC and LC
Event Type: Oral Sessions
Event Title: Introducing Modern LC Column Technology into a Research-Led Pharmaceutical Teaching Environment
Presider(s): Subramaniam, Sam Start Time: 10:45 AM ( Slot # 8 )
Date: Monday, March 7th, 2016 Location: B403
Keywords: Chiral Separations, HPLC Columns, Liquid Chromatography, Pharmaceutical

Abstract Content
Of the challenges facing the pharmaceutical industry, a shortage of skilled analysts could be perceived as not being the most pressing or as high profile as others. Nonetheless it is one that should command attention and not be underestimated. Accordingly in teaching separation science on pharmaceutical science programmes it is imperative not just to provide students with appropriate knowledge and skills for employment in the pharmaceutical industry but also to inspire them to go on to become tomorrow’s expert separation scientists. While working in a research-led teaching environment is conducive to this, it is necessary to go beyond basing teaching around research interests, in this case in LC, to move to having students conduct research through their ‘taught’ classes and laboratory exercises, focussing on exploiting the latest developments in modern LC column technology. Such activities have involved (a) evaluating and attempting to exploit the selectivity of recent commercial LC stationary phase introductions (b) developing and exploiting ballistic uHPLC gradients by adapting them for method development and (c) optimising and minimising chiral LC screening. Similar strategies have previously been successful, but only time will tell if this latest incarnation fulfils its aims. However, an important outcome has been the evolving symbiotic relationship between teaching and research. While not quite going as far as teaching-led research, it has become easier to sustain research in a teaching-intensive background and the leads developed through teaching have fed back into research (applications of chiral uHPLC) and have been adapted for use in routine QC laboratories.